Waste From Los Angeles Dumped in Kern County Without Proper Permits
February 14th, 2017 | by: Michelle Corson | Category: Press Releases

1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302

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Matthew Constantine
Director

kernpublichealth.com

February 14, 2017

Contact:
Michelle Corson
Public Relations Officer

corsonm@co.kern.ca.us

Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Public Health Services Environmental Health Division and the Kern County Department of Agriculture and Measurement Standards responded to a complaint received regarding an unpermitted facility at 9705 Valpredo Avenue in Bakersfield that was receiving green waste from the Los Angeles area. Upon investigation, 39,900 cubic yards of mixed green and wood waste that originated in Los Angeles was found onsite which violates several of the State’s quarantine boundaries established to prevent the migration of harmful pests and diseases. Temperature readings of the piles indicated that active composting was occurring without the required Environmental Health permit and necessary land use approval from the Kern County Planning Department.
Agricultural Soil Products operates two sites in Inglewood and Gardena, CA that accept local landscaper and homeowner waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and wood chips. The waste material was then trucked to the unpermitted facility at 9705 Valpredo Avenue in Kern County, which was then bagged and sold.
Environmental Health issued a cease and desist order for operating without a permit. In addition, the Kern County Department of Agriculture and Measurement Standards has issued a Notice of Proposed Action, including a monetary penalty, against the facility for violation of transport and notification requirements. “Requiring businesses to maintain minimum safety practices to ensure the safety of our residents, but also specifically our agricultural community, is paramount,” says Matthew Constantine, Director of Public Health Services.